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Using Twitter to Get Camera Recommendations

April 30, 2014 1 comment

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Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.

For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.

Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:

I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…

With only one response, I chose to follow the link.

Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”

Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:

Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.

Bookmarks of Interest

June 23, 2013 Comments off

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Despite two real-world events today, I’ve still managed to get onto the online world to visit and read a few world wide web sites of personal interest … and here they are for others to read.

OK, they are really published here so I don’t have to bookmark them on my computer. Since Deli.ci.ious changed hands I have found it to be more useless than a watch with no hands.

What this list really shows how extra-eclectic my reading often is. One of them has music playing in the background – a little old hat for web sites, yet this is cool.

  1. The Business Mistake that Cost Me $1.5 Million – Entrepreneur Jen Bilik learned a lesson the hard way when she trusted the wrong person.
  2. Backed by first round’s dorm room fund, Pagevamp turns Facebook pages into Websites.
  3. Why businesses should act human on Facebook.
  4. Conran imagines a digital camera with a retro spirit .
  5. StartUp Weekend Adelaide . Being a long-term resident and worker in Adelaide, I had to mention this page. I really should get along to one of these events, just to see what it really is all about.
  6. The difference between a Mobile Site and a Full Site by Jakob Nielsen.
  7. The Innovative Brain

Monitor Failure

For anyone who think they can determine a person’s personality by the web sites they visit … good on you.
For anyone thinking this is just an average post, I agree. It’s time I started writing again. Again.

Learning the Bo Diddley Beat

June 21, 2013 Comments off

I like finding and reading/watching all manner of interesting articles from all over the world wide web. I have done so for over ten years, and surely will continue garnering loads of information of all subjects. Even if pointless. Yet tonight’s find isn’t useless, yet maybe just a little left field for me.

Being an ardent U2 fanatic, I particularly enjoyed this guitar lesson. Yet I don’t play guitar. Yet now that I have learnt how to create a ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ on a guitar, the next time I get to hold a guitar, I will attempt to try this out. No doubt failing miserably.

That’s all. So as they do in Twitterland, and now on Facebook, here is a hashtag #justsaying

Using My Blog as Originally Intended

March 10, 2013 Comments off

Lines of Light Every day I read a myriad of web sites that meet my interest. More often I post them on Facebook or Twitter. This morning an idea hit me right between the eyes: Post these links onto my Blog. Stupidly this is exactly why I started for blogging back in the late 90′s.

Yet when I was invited to use Facebook, I lost interest in a lot of things, particularly blogging. That fact annoys me. I seriously gotta get off that ‘book and get back into paperbacks!

So, today, after much trawling of websites throughout today, I found a LOT of sites of interest, yet these six are the ones that interest me most. I like to write my own special by-line to sell the sites. It helps to improve my copy-writing skills, all self taught!


1. If any of your pages have been swallowed into the abyss, most likely it was devoured by a terror of the deep. That is all. Not sure why I listed this link, it just tickled my sense of humour.

2. Got memory-loss issues? Can’t recall the something you saw just 4 seconds ago? Forget where you were last night? Or simply want to record every important moment in your life?
/ Found at blog.makezine.com.

3. Want to learn all that you want without ever stepping into a classroom? You can. For at least seven years the internet has provided many locations through which you can learn the physics of underwater macrame or toilet-paper-mache.

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5. The Microsoft Surface bombed in the sales department. No surprise to me. When they first started marketing them here in Australia, most of us watched transfixed as a bunch of teenagers pranced around a fountain ‘clicking’ the monitor to the keyboard.

It looked good, the marketing was schweet … yet few of us imagined actually owning one, let alone getting the opportunity to touch one. I did, just the one time. Mr Richard Pascoe brought it to lunch one time, whereupon I proceeded to push all the buttons. (Still wishing I had pushed a few more, but hey!) I liked the look of it, yet was concerned with a few issues:

  • Keyboard. Or lack thereof. It barely feels like a keyboard. Touch-typists are going to get pissed off real quick. I did. This device is not built for coders or photo editors, it is for everday users, like, say – social networkers who spend 98% of their time jibberjabbering about their movement around their city. Not for coding or moving files between servers. It is a toy, and expensive one that that.
  • Windows 8. Sigh. The few times I have had the misfortune to use Windows 8, I have been less than impressed. Put your cursor into the corners of the screen if you want to get anywhere. Don’t believe all the hype, it’s a severely dumbed-down interface. The Apple people must be flattered.

5. You don’t have to be a genius to do anything. You just need to be persistent and willing to learn how to a computer – either at school or online , or from a book. Maybe read a book online. Imagine it, learning without teachers. Sure, network with cohorts in the same industry, just don’t spend a fortune to learn what you want or need to know. Has worked for me. / Disclaimer: It also helps to employ people smarter than yourself. That’s how the guys in this video below have run their respective business’s.

6. Thanks to Peaches for helping me find this command for Notepad++ to convert between HTML, Markdown and TextileAs the author/write of this command says, it is going to be useful for writing material from scratch, to polish existing content in HTML, and to lift material from other documents or websites.

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Turns out it is an excellent addon to NotePadd++.  / Thankfully there’s also an easy option to do what I need: Convert textile-filled notes into link-filled wordpress articles.


OK, that’s enough for you to mull over. I don’t want to use up all my energy in one sitting, gotta save some doozies for next time I post here.

PS. 7. Read how Facebook died/dies. Sorta, kinda, maybe.

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